Living in Saint Leo, FL

Saint Leo University's campus is right in the middle of everything that makes the state of Florida one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Our lakeside campus—set amidst the rolling hills of Central Florida—is just a short drive from beaches, NASCAR, Orlando theme parks, Major League Baseball spring training and more.

Venture outside the university's campus and experience all that Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Enjoy outstanding entertainment, dining, sports and shopping in Tampa. Revel in the unique blend of nightlife and history in popular Ybor City. Catch some serious RAYS, whether on the pristine beaches of Clearwater or in the baseball stadiums in St. Petersburg. Visit the vacation capital of the world and enjoy the many attractions of Orlando. Hear the roar of the ocean and the engines in Daytona.!

Shopping & Entertainment

Dade City

Ten minutes from campus, historic Dade City offers antique and vintage shops, clothing and jewelry boutiques, salons, spas, restaurants and cafés. Get your groceries and other necessities at Dade City's Winn-Dixie, Sweetbay Supermarket, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Big Lots and more.

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Just a few minutes south of Dade City, Zephyrhills is another great option for running errands: Find what you need at Super Walmart, Kmart, Dollar Tree, and TJ Maxx, as well as grocery stores including Publix and Winn Dixie. Popular restaurants including Chili's, Ruby Tuesday, and Panera provide great dining options. Zephyrhills is also where you'll find Zephyrhills Cinema 10 movie theater and Pin Chasers 32-lane bowling alley.

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Wesley Chapel

Just 15 minutes down the interstate is bustling Wesley Chapel, your one-stop spot for retail, dining and nightlife. The exciting Tampa Premium Outlets offers over 100 retail outlets to satisfy your urge to shop til you drop! The Shops at Wiregrass is where you'll find major department stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s, a two-story Barnes & Noble, and favorites from Hollister to Coach to GNC. Dining options there include sushi/Japanese, Italian and Mexican specialties, The Brass Tap beer bar, and popular American fare restaurants such as Red Robin and Panera. Also nearby is The Grove at Wesley Chapel, home to Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Ulta and other popular retailers, as is the Cobb Theatre Grove 16 for all the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Wesley Chapel is home to other popular eateries such as Applebee’s, Chili's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Texas Roadhouse, and Bonefish Grill. There, you will also find the Super Target, Super Walmart and Sam's Club.

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Tampa is so close that our students think of it as Saint Leo's "home city." There's a gorgeous waterfront, exciting nightlife in Ybor City and a lifestyle that celebrates tradition while embracing the new. Enjoy internships, mentorships and professional opportunities in one of the U.S.'s largest metropolitan areas. Browse Gucci, Burberry and Kate Spade at the high-end International Plaza and Bay Street. Root for professional sports teams including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays (St. Petersburg).

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Clearwater/St. Petersburg

Cross over shimmering Tampa Bay on one of several bridges to access the world-renowned beaches of Clearwater and St. Petersburg, both located on the Gulf of Mexico. Restaurants, shopping, museums, and entertainment options abound. Once there, it is easy to see why the area is considered Florida's 'Nature Coast'.


San Antonio

  • Pancho’s Villa Mexican Restaurant, 32804 Pennsylvania Ave., (352) 588-3037
  • The Abbey Tavern, 33640 State Road 52, (352) 588-9844
  • On Q Smokehouse Grill, 33030 State Road 52, (352) 668-4821

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Dade City

  • McDonald’s, 13026 US Highway 301, (352) 567-0381
  • Wendy’s, 13135 US Highway 301, (352) 567-5585
  • Checkers, 12600 US Highway 301, (352) 567-9717
  • International House of Pancakes, 13100 US Highway 301, (352) 567-6977
  • Kafé Kokopelli, 37940 Live Oak Ave, (352) 523-0055
  • Francesco's New York Style Pizza, 14418 7th St, (352) 518-0009
  • A Matter of Taste, 14121 7th St, (352) 567-5100
  • City Market Bistro, 14148 8th St, (352) 521-9700
  • Beef O'Brady's, 14136 7th St, (352) 567-4136
  • Coffee Mug, 37938 Meridian Ave, (352) 567-2224
  • King Express (Chinese), 12830 US Highway 301, (352) 523-1155
  • Hong Kong Buffet, 14937 US Highway 301, (352) 567-8978
  • Del Carmen Mexican Store & Restaurant, 14415 7th St, (352) 518-0419

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  • Chili's, 7643 Gall Blvd., (813) 788-0315
  • Ruby Tuesday, 7909 Gall Blvd., (813) 783-1115
  • Beef O’Brady’s, 7833 Gall Blvd. (813) 780-7717
  • Arby's, 7446 Gall Blvd., (813) 783-3877
  • Taco Bell, 7313 Gall Blvd., (813) 782-0581
  • Piccola Italia, 37502 SR 54 W., (813) 782-2856
  • Golden Panda Restaurant & Buffet, 37915 Eiland Blvd., (813) 783-3659

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Wesley Chapel

  • Applebee’s, 28422 State Road 54, (813) 994-6444
  • Sonny’s BBQ, 5324 County Road 581, (813) 994-8989
  • Los Vallarta's, 5335 Village Market Dr, (813) 907-5161
  • City Grill, 5429 Village Market, (813) 973-7474
  • Outback, 5710 Oakley Blvd., (813) 973-7717
  • Cracker Barrel, 5636 Oakley Blvd., (813) 973-4884

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Checks can be cashed at Trane Stop, located on campus in Saint Edward Hall. With a valid ID students can cash checks up to $150 per week.

  • SunTrust Bank: 11704 US Highway 301, Dade City, (352) 567-6641; or 13844 7th St., Dade City, (325) 567-7700
  • Bank Of America: 37939 East Church Ave., Dade City, (352) 567-5628
  • Wells Fargo: 11938 Curley St., San Antonio, (352) 521-6270; or 14210 7th St., Dade City; or 14210 7th St., Dade City, (352) 521-6200
  • First National Bank of Pasco: 13315 US Highway 301, Dade City, (352) 521-0141


Saint Leo University has three registered nurses, a visiting physician two days per week, and a nurse practitioner three days per week in the campus Health & Wellness Center in de Chantal Hall. The Health & Wellness Center can provide assistance with doctor appointments, prescriptions, over the counter medications and residence hall visits for ill students. The Health & Wellness Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. If a student is sick or injured and it is after hours, they should contact their RA, Hall Directors, or Campus Safety. The closest hospital is Pasco Regional Hospital, located in Dade City, Fla.

Nearby Churches

Catholic Churches

  • University Ministry Mass in Saint Leo Abbey, Sunday Mass: 7:00 p.m.
  • Holy Name Monastery, Saint Leo, FL, Sunday Mass: 10:30 a.m.
  • Saint Leo Abbey, Saint Leo, FL, Sunday Mass: 10:00 a.m.
  • St. Anthony of Padua, San Antonio, FL, Weekday Masses: Monday 7:30 am Latin Mass, Tuesday 6:30 pm, Wed-Sat 7:30 am; Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil Mass 5:30 pm, Sunday 7:30 am, 9:00 am Latin, 10:30 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Saint Rita Catholic Church, corner of 14th St. & Robinson St., Dade City, FL, Saturday Mass: 4:30 p.m.; Sunday Mass: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Spanish Mass: Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. and Sunday: 5 p.m.
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 32145 Saint Joe Rd., Dade City, FL, (352) 588-3641
  • St. Anne's Catholic Church, 4142 Treiman Blvd., Dade City, FL, (325) 583-2550

Protestant Churches

Christian Churches

  • Primera Iglesia Hispana Discipulos De Cristo, 38250 River Rd., Dade City, FL, (352) 518-0605
  • Calvary Assembly of God, 13544 Hwy 98 Bypass, Dade City, FL, (352) 567-2038, Sunday Worship: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m., Wednesday Worship: 7:00 p.m.

Episcopal Churches

  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 37637 N 11th St., Dade City, FL, 352.567.3888, Sunday Worship: 7:45 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Thursday Worship: 10:00 a.m.

Lutheran Churches

Baptist Churches

  • Blanton Baptist Church, 17351 Hyland Lane, Dade City, FL, (352) 521-7047
  • Calvary Baptist Church, 14312 17th St., Dade City, FL, (352) 521-0653
  • First Baptist Church, 37511 Church Ave., Dade City, FL, 352.567.3265, Sunday Worship: 9:15a.m., 10:45a.m., 6:00 p.m., Wednesday Worship: 6:30 p.m.
  • Grace Baptist Church, 10011 US Highway 301, Dade City, FL, (352) 567-6436
  • New Hope Baptist Church, 21431 US Highway 301, Dade City, FL, (352) 583-2002
  • Northside Baptist Church, 37047 Lock St., Dade City, FL, (352) 567-1326
  • Pasadena Baptist Church, 35845 Clinton Ave., Dade City, FL, (352) 521-0545
  • St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 14549 8th St., Dade City, FL, (352) 567-3807
  • St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 14518 7th St., Dade City, FL, (352) 567-6565
  • Temple Baptist Church, 37253 Clinton Ave., Dade City, FL, (352) 567-9444

Additional Places of Worship



  • Iglesia Cristiana La Nueva Jerusalem, 3101 Kingsway Rd., Seffner, (813) 621-6522



Spanish Speaking

  • Iglesia Bautista Redencion, 5609 Lois Ave. N, Tampa, (813) 884-8099
  • Incarnation Catholic Church, 5124 Gateway Dr., Tampa, (813) 885-7861